Spain’s most famous fugitive – former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont – could be key to hopes to form a new government after a snap election failed to find any outright winner.
Puigdemont, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Belgium for nearly six years since leaving Spain after a failed independence bid in 2017, is the ideological head of the hardline Catalan separatist Junts per Catalunya party, which has seven seats.
This could be enough for Spain’s Socialist prime minister Pedro Sanchez to piece together a coalition government and claw his way back to power, but it would come at a political cost, analysts said.
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